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NASA news: Moon rock samples 'untouched' for 50 years finally see the light of day

NASA news: Moon rock samples 'untouched' for 50 years finally see the light of day 1

Dr Elsila said: “Because our tools today are more sensitive, we can analyse things that are present in tiny amounts.

“We also now can separate chemical compounds from a mixture, making it easier to identify them.”

NASA’s cutting edge instruments can examine samples of lunar soil – regolith – no bigger than a speck of dust.

The machines study the chemical composition of the regolith to reveal what the Moon is built of.

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NASA’s researchers are, in particular, keen on uncovering the ancient chemistry of the early solar system.

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